College celebrates graduates’ achievements during annual Pre-Commencement


The College of Public Health (CPH) recognized and celebrated the academic journey and successes of its graduating students during the college's annual Pre-Commencement program Saturday, May 6 at the Fawcett Center. About 500 students and their families, faculty, staff, and alumni gathered for the celebration.

College of Public Health Dean William J. Martin II, MD, and CPH Senior Associate Dean Michael Bisesi, PhD, led the celebration and recognition of the graduating students. 

The CPH graduating class of 2017 includes 239 graduates who have joined the ranks of the college’s 3,151 alumni.  Read more about graduates Amanda Masciarelli, Jonathan Robinson and Amy Bopp.

The 2017 graduating class represents a 25 percent increase over 2016 in the number of graduates from the College’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program.

Featured speaker, author and historian Conrade C. Hinds delivered a speech titled, “Ohio’s Spirit of Invention: The Key to Conquering Our Tough Public Health Challenges.” Hinds shared how the same groundbreaking ideas and work in Ohio that helped virtually eliminate the scourge of typhoid fever and cholera here and around the world is needed now to solve our greatest public health challenges, from opioid addiction to water and air pollution.

Hinds’ book, “The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908: Waterworks that Changed the World,” tells the story of how Columbus and Ohio brought the best minds together to develop a state-of-the-art water and wastewater treatment system to eradicate a typhoid and cholera epidemic.  The “moon shot” of its day worked, revolutionized water treatment systems, and saved millions of lives. 

The college's 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Brian Hilligoss, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Health Services Management and Policy.

The Student Choice Awards were presented to graduating students from each of the five degree programs selected by their peers. Award recipients include Claire Bollinger, PhD; Rachel Rutledge, MHA; Tyler Reese, BSPH; Barret Zimmermann, MPH-MHA; and Anna Bartholomew, MPH-PEP.

Watch this short video on the Pre-Commencement and hear from our students about their Buckeye experience.


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).